Fein’s Willowick Park Creates Urban Living Overlooking a Central Green

02/22/2013 | Ziegler Cooper Architects

The Willowick Park Master Plan for Martin Fein Interests (MFI) merges three types of high-end multifamily products on a single high-density urban site. Tying together the individual projects are tree lined streets, elevated courtyards, well-appointed motor courts, and a formal central green defined by trees and human scaled building facades. The scales of the master plan include three story townhomes averaging 2,350 sf, luxury mid-rise apartments averaging 870 sf, ultra-luxury, mid-rise units averaging 1,470 sf, and land for a potential future phase.

Placement of the individual projects in the master plan respond to the surrounding neighborhood character, densities, and view opportunities across central Houston. The town-homes are adjacent to existing single family homes, the mid-rise projects and central green span the core of the site, with densities increasing further away from the single-family residences.

The first three projects will be constructed nearly concurrently, bringing over 550 units to market in the same calendar year. This distribution of multifamily product types; representing a variety of sizes, lease rates, construction types, and densities; allows MFI to bring these units to market without having the typical problems of over saturation, self-competition, and operational complexity that typically trouble individual multifamily projects of over 250 units.

“The organizational idea behind Willowick Park is the creation of an urban green space that becomes a delightful pocket park for its residents to enjoy,” says Scott Ziegler, AIA, Principal-in-Charge of the Living Place Studio.

The construction types of the project; low-rise wood framing on grade, mid-rise wood framing on a garage podium, and a concrete framed mid-rise; tie directly to the product types, complementing the level of amenity, needed construction cost, and lease rates of each product. The integration of urban green space and a central green with the individual projects allows each type of residence to have a much higher level of amenity than would possible if each project was stand alone. The ultra-luxury, mid-rise units will break ground in March 2013.

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